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By Jorge Casuso
October 26, 2020 -- The total number of coronavirus cases confirmed in Santa Monica surpassed 1,000 last week, as the number of cases in Los Angeles County topped 300,000.
The 53 new cases reported last week marked the second highest weekly total since the pandemic hit the beach city more than seven months ago, according to an analysis of Los Angeles County Health data.
The weekly tally -- which was bolstered by a backlog of cases that was cleared in mid-week -- was the most since a record 65 cases were confirmed in mid-July and brought the total number of cases to 1,006 as of 8 p.m. Sunday.
The backlog was due to technical issues with data reporting systems that skewed the number of Santa Monica cases after it had dropped to a record low five the previous week.
The number of Santa Monica residents who have died with the virus has remained at 40 since the final week in August, after County health officials adjusted down the number last month following further investigation.
Still, Santa Monica ranks third in the number of deaths per 100,000 residents among the 12 communities on the Westside with 43. Only Palms and Culver City had a higher death rate, with 71 and 70 respectively.
Santa Monica ranked sixth in the rate of confirmed cases with 1,088. Beverly Hills ranked first with 2,176 cases per 100,000 residents, followed by West Hollywood with 1,729 and West LA with 1,443.
Westwood had the lowest case rate with 835, followed by Malibu with a rate of 864 per 100,000 residents.
The total number of confirmed cases in Los Angeles County reached 300,614 on Sunday, while the number of county residents who have died with the virus reached 7,000, according to health officials.
Among those who have tested positive for the virus, 1,979 are homeless, health officials said. Of the 47 who have died, 23 were sheltered, 14 lived on the streets, while the status of the rest is unknown.
A total of 216 shelter workers have tested positive and two have died.
Testing results are available for nearly 3,030,000 LA County residents, with 9 percent of those testing positive.
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